Shrimp Tacos with Chipotle Mayo and Margarita Slaw

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Shrimp Tacos with Margarita Slaw and Chipotle Mayo

I plan our menu for the week on Sundays. For 5 months out of the year, this is usually an annoying task that I rush to complete in the few minutes between finalizing my fantasy football line-up and kickoff of the Texans game. Tacos three times in 9 days? Sure! And God Bless that gallon baggie of ready-to-bake meatballs in the freezer! We see plenty of reruns because there’s no time to be creative and revolutionary. Okay, there’s time. I’m lazy. I feel like we’ve covered this before.

Chipotle Mayonnaise

Like burger night (and pizza night, and most seafood nights…) taco night is His & Her night – same dish, different interpretations but we have tacos. His Tacos are pretty traditional: ground beef or shredded chicken, lettuce, tomatoes, guacamole, and cheese. Her Tacos? He would call them… less traditional: Shrimp, tilapia, or halibut, Chipotle Mayonnaise, and Margarita Slaw.

Chipotle Mayonnaise

Chipotle Mayo and Margarita Slaw are two of my absolute favorite ways to liven up otherwise boring burger and taco nights. A happy marriage of texture and taste. Chipotle mayo is creamy and spicy. Margarita Slaw is crunchy and has tequila in it. What else could you ask for?

Shrimp Tacos with Margarita Slaw and Chipotle Mayo

Margarita Slaw & Chipotle Mayo

A fresh, crunchy slaw with a margarita-inspired dressing and a spicy chipotle mayonnaise - the perfect topping for shrimp tacos and burgers.


  • For the chipotle mayo:
  • 1 egg, at room temperature
  • 1 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/2 tsp dijon mustard
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  • 3/4 cup vegetable or canola oil
  • 3-4 chipotle peppers, packed in Adobo sauce
  • For the Margarita Slaw:
  • 2 oz (about 7 cups) shredded cabbage (or rainbow salad or coleslaw mix)
  • 1/3 cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • Dash of sesame oil
  • 3 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 tsp lime zest
  • 1 Tbsp fresh-squeezed OJ
  • 1 shot Tequila
  • Dash of Tobasco
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste


  1. To make the chipotle mayo, add the egg, lemon juice, mustard, and salt to the bowl of a food processor. Turn on and process.
  2. Slowly stream the oils into the food processor.
  3. After adding all of the oil, add the peppers and process until well blended.
  4. Place in a covered bowl, with plastic wrap pressed onto the surface of the mayo, and refrigerate.
  5. To make the margarita slaw, place cabbage and cilantro in a large bowl. In a small bowl, whisk together the oils, lime and orange juices, lime zest, tequila, and Tobasco.
  6. Pour over cabbage and toss to coat completely. Season with salt and pepper. Serve cold.
  7. Use to top shrimp tacos and burgers


Yields: 5 cups margarita slaw & ~1 1/4 cup mayo (enough fixins for 10 burgers or tacos)

Source: Slaw Inspired by Canyon Cafe, Mayo adapted from The Gourmet Cookbook

Estimated time: 10 minutes

21 comments… add one
  • Slaw with tequila?! Heaven!

  • Aww love the “his & her” nights!! 🙂

  • That chipotle mayonnaise sounds really good! I’m pretty sure my husband would love it and it’d definitely jazz up some otherwise boring meals. Thanks!

  • Margarita slaw? Chipotle mayo? You’re talking my language!

  • Mmmm! These variations on the traditional classics all sound amazing!

  • Sounds good! I’d love to make this.

  • I’ll go with “her” tacos. They sounds great! Margarita slaw and chipotle mayo is right up my alley, especially if I get to eat them with shrimp and tortillas!

  • Looks delicious!! Margarita slaw sounds great

  • I do our meal planning on Saturdays…and sometimes it’s quick, while other times I’m drooling and deciding over recipes on other blogs I want to try! lol Your photos are great, btw!

  • I love the sound of your tacos. I love anything with cilantro, and add some tequilla, and I am sooo there.

  • these tacos look outstanding!!! i’ve been on a mission to find awesome fish/seafood tacos and have this recipe on the menu for next week already! thanks so much for sharing!!!!

  • My hubby would go crazy over your Chipotle Mayonnaise – it looks really good! I’m impressed you do meal planning, I’m just not that organized!

  • I’m lucky to have a boy who likes pretty much everything I put in front of him… but when something gets too “girly” (i.e. not enough meat and cheese) he goes foraging after dinner. This is a good idea… I’ll have to start throwing cheese and beef on top of “his” salads, tacos, pasta, etc.

    And I agree with you… the “her” tacos sound awesome!

  • Nann

    Wondering what u would use for protein if u didn’t want shrimp. What would b go with the mayo and slaw best? Thanks

  • That chipotle mayo looks amazing! How long would you keep it in the fridge before it gets yucky?

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